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Margaret Thatcher will receive ceremonial funeral with honors

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stands British tank during visit British forces Fallingbostel some 120km (70 miles) south Hamburg Germany.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stands in a British tank during a visit to British forces in Fallingbostel, some 120km (70 miles) south of Hamburg, Germany. on Sept. 17, 1986. Thatchers former spokesman, Tim Bell, said that the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had died Monday morning, April 8, 2013, of a stroke. She was 87.(AP Photo/Jockel Fink)

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Updated: April 8, 2013 11:40AM



LONDON — The British government says former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honors.

Thatcher — known as the “Iron Lady” — died Monday from a stroke at 87. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short a trip to Spain and France upon hearing the news.

Downing Street says Queen Elizabeth II has authorized a ceremonial funeral — a step short of a state funeral — to be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

It says the funeral will be attended by a “wide and diverse range of people,” and the service will be followed by a private cremation.

It did not provide further details on the timing of the service, saying only that the arrangement are “in line with the wishes” of Thatcher’s family.



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